In short: So many gripes by other people, I had a fantastic day!! In full: Before I start I'd like to thank the lady that ran next to me for 10 miles, I only hope she's a runners world fan and can read this, sorry I was breathing so hard I didn't ask your name. I know you wanted to stay with me but at 10 miles I just had to find out what I had left in the tank.
I've read through the other ratings and so many of you are upset with this race, I hope the organisers take note.
I'm afraid I didn't see any of the problems described here.
For me the organisation was as smooth as silk, it was just a shame about the delay at the start. If the organisers knew how long it was we should have been told. I for one was quite desperate to relieve myself but didn’t want to leave the start, I ended up with a full bladder all the way round.
It was good to have the music on the course, more crowds would have been welcome, and the route was quite torturous with so many sharp turns, but then I suppose that is the nature of city events. I agree the scenery was quite dull but I wasn’t there to look around.
The guy on the mike needed to be publicly flogged, but he did try to get people to a point at the start that was consummate with where they expected to finish, all in vain.
This is the biggest gripe I have about the race and it’s directed at the runners themselves. I started off at the sub 1.20 sign and there were literally hundreds of runners in front of me who didn’t have a hope of getting anywhere near this time. This is just downright impolite. Jogging in a crowd doing the same pace is easy, trying to get past a solid wall of people is hard work! Before 2 miles I passed a chap who was walking!!!!! By the time I got to 2 miles I was already 2½ mins slower than I wanted to be!!
Whilst I appreciate any organisational problems people must realise or know how fast they can run, they must know they can’t run 1.20 or 1.30.
Get a grip people!!!!!!
Aside from that I still managed to get within 20 secs of my PB, and I had an absolutely fantastic day, coming into the Madjeski Stadium was nothing short of phenomenal.
Thanks to all the marshals, I shall be back again!
In short: The organisers notes on the website don't do this race justice. In full: Mud, hills, more mud, oh and more hills. Great race. Nice mix of mud, hills and flat. Excellent organisation, and the sun came out, what more can you ask for?
The BIG climb was a bit of a shock, I ended up on hands and knees like so many others, but it wasn't too long which was probably just as well.
A race to look forward to for next year!
Thanks to all involved. Date of review: January 17, 2005
In short: My first 10K race and it left me with mixed feelings. Organisation could have been better, very good mix of people. In full: The friendly people in the race made this a good day out. This was brought out when queueing for the loo, only four loo's with nearly 400 people there, not good. Loads of people used their warm up run to find a secluded tree!!
There also seems to be some concern over the actual distance. Some-one with GPS measured the course at just over 11K, which explains all the slow times people got. Can anyone confirm this???
Generally a flat course with a couple of humps here and there. One of the really scary things was the cattle grids!! I'm surprised some-one didn't do themselves an injury on these!!! I noticed a few people slipping and sliding!!
All that aside I still enjoyed the race and the day out, thanks to all involved and anyone who said Hi to me!!
In short: Gtreat day out, but unfortunately 'The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak.' In full: Big thanks to the organisers. The marshalls deserve a special thanks, they were great. I had a great time and set a PB, but just couldn't beat the time I had set myself.
Would have been nice to have the fun-run BEFORE the main event.
One good thing about doing two laps is you know the route for the second lap, helps to know that there are no nasty surprises towards the end.
Nice medal, great atmosphere, and my 8 yr old is chuffed to bits with her medal.
In short: Nice run, and everybody there was friendly, what more canyou ask for. In full: Small race but definitely well worth doing, glad I ran. Got a PB, mind you only my third half marathon. Big thanks to all who helped organise it, and a big thanks to Tel for his help. Date of review: November 1, 2004
In short: Only did the half, but what a blast. This was my second race.... ever!! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: The rain came down right on cue, but it didn't stop some serious spectators standing seemingly int the middle of nowhere clapping and shouting encouragement. There were marshalls at every twist and turn, so no chance of getting lost.
I normally run only on roads and therefore attempted this run in a 'normal' pair of trainers but this race has got me scouring round for a set of trails.
I'll be back next year!!! Date of review: October 6, 2004